At Phoenix Futures Scotland we are passionate about showing that recovery from drug and alcohol misuse is possible. We work with individuals and communities to support those affected by substance misuse every step of the way.

When was Phoenix Futures Scotland founded?

We are a registered charity (SC039008). In 1994 we opened our first service in Scotland; a residential service in Glasgow. From this first service Phoenix Futures Scotland grew to support those affected by drugs and alcohol across the country in prison, community and residential settings.

Where do we work?

We work across Scotland with a number of partner organisations. We are based in:

  • Fife
  • Glasgow
  • Lanarkshire

What are our main activities?

We provide residential, community and supported housing services in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, offering group work, one-to-one sessions, and peer support to aid people on their journey of recovery.  

Support we offer

We provide a wide variety of services to help people with their drug and alcohol problems and are keen to hear from any organisation looking to discuss future partnerships, we currently offer:

  • Community Services
  • Residential Services
  • Supported Housing

Phoenix Futures Scotland Board


Sheriff David Mackie

David has been a Sheriff in Scotland for 18 years and in this position regularly encounters individuals and families whose lives have been affected by addiction. He has 15 years’ experience leading charities in Scotland in a variety of roles including Director, Trustee and Chair. He has been actively involved with both the Venture Trust and Chance for Change, and for many years Chaired the Edinburgh Branch of SASO (Scottish Association for the Study of Offenders). David is Chair of the Phoenix Scotland Board.

Rowdy Yates

Rowdy Yates is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland.  He was formerly the facilitator of the Scottish Addiction Studies group at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Stirling. He has worked in the substance misuse field for over forty-five years and, prior to this appointment, he was the director and co-founder of the Lifeline Project; one of the longest established drug specialist services in the UK. He has published widely on addiction issues; including an edited book (with Barbara Rawlings) on drug-free therapeutic communities; a handbook on the purchasing, management and evaluation of drug and alcohol services; and an edited collection (with Margaret Malloch) on recovery and pathways out of addiction. In 1994 he was awarded the MBE for services to the prevention of drug addiction.  He is the current Executive Director of EWODOR (the European Working Group on Drugs Oriented Research), President of the EFTC (European Federation of Therapeutic Communities) and former Chair of Recovery Academy UK.

Sheriff Seith Ireland

Sheriff Seith Ireland has been a sheriff since 2003, firstly at Kilmarnock and now at Paisley Sheriff Court.  He has served on the Council of the Sheriffs’ Association and was Secretary /Treasurer for two years. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was in practice as a solicitor mainly involved in criminal law.  He served on the Council of the Law Society and convened the Society’s work on what became The Scotland Act. Over the years in private practice and then on the Bench, he has served on bodies ,both  governmental and non-governmental , related to improvements in the delivery of criminal justice.  As well as serving on the Scottish Board of Phoenix Futures, he  is a council member of The  Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (“SASO”), a Scottish charity

Stephen Gallagher

Born in Glasgow, Stephen is a senior civil servant with the Scottish Government. His current role is Interim Director for Communities & Local Government and in that role he leads, amongst other things, on the reform of Scotland’s public services. Previous roles have included leading on local government, health services performance and Associate Director for the NHS Centre for Change & Innovation. Stephen’s early career was spent as an NHS Trust Director in operational health services delivery.

Stephen is a former chair and vice chair of a Scotland-wide housing and care charity (Blackwood Homes & Care) and founding chair of Blackwood Foundation.

Katy MacLeod

Katy MacLeod joined the Phoenix Scotland board in 2013, having long been an advocate for the therapeutic community model.  Katy is a National Training and Development Officer for the Scottish Drugs Forum where she delivers training and conducts research on a variety of drugs, mental health and sexual health related topics. Katy is also Director of Chill Welfare, a social enterprise providing crisis substance use, mental health and sexual health 24 hour support at festivals and events across the UK and Ireland.

Katy has worked in front line harm reduction and recovery services for over 10 years in both residential and community based settings. Her areas of interest include emerging drug trends, safer nightlife, service user involvement, peer research, mental health and trauma.


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Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).